May 12, 2021

Eastern PA Annual Conference members will learn from a leading author and professor in contemporary evangelism during their 2021 annual session on Zoom and Facebook Live, on Friday, May 21, at 2 PM

The Rev. Frederick Douglas Powe, Jr., PhD., is Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship) and Professor of Urban Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC.

Church Revitalization through Community Outreach will be Dr. Powe’s timely subject. The recognized expert in African American and urban evangelism, and a clergy member of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, will teach for about an hour on video and answer questions live.

Conference members will view the session as a webinar on Zoom, while others can participate on Zoom (use this link:, or view the video livestream on the Conference’s Facebook page. A recording will be made available later on the Conference’s YouTube page.

In his teaching, writing and leading of the Lewis Center, Powe has shown a commitment to “helping urban congregations and congregations in transitional areas to flourish through community partnering.” His research interests are church revitalization, urban theology, and Methodist theology.  

The Canton, Ohio, native has a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and other degrees form Candler School of Theology at Emory and Ohio Wesleyan University. He co-authored Transforming Community: The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations, with Henry H. Knight III, (Discipleship Resources, 2016, second edition). The book was the first selection of the Conference Congregational Development Team’s new CDT Book Club in September 2020.

Powe also co-authored the popular Not Safe for Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations with the Rev. Jasmine Rose Smothers (Abingdon Press, 2015). He wrote New Wine, New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations (Abingdon Press, 2012) and other books and contributions to numerous publications.

He also taught at Saint Paul School of Theology in the Kansas City area (2004-2013) and has served congregations as Theologian-in-Residence, Associate Pastor and Director of Christian Education

How to Join the Teaching Session on Zoom: May 21 at 2 PM

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 779798
Webinar ID: 984 4510 5655
Or Telephone: US: +1 646 558 8656